Psalms 83* The designs of the enemies of Israel. (1-8) Earnest prayer fortheir defeat. (9-18)1-8 Sometimes God seems not to be concerned at the unjusttreatment of his people. But then we may call upon him, as thepsalmist here. All wicked people are God's enemies, especiallywicked persecutors. The Lord's people are his hidden one; theworld knows them not. He takes them under his specialprotection. Do the enemies of the church act with one consent todestroy it, and shall not the friends of the church be united?Wicked men wish that there might be no religion among mankind.They would gladly see all its restraints shaken off, and allthat preach, profess, or practise it, cut off. This they wouldbring to pass if it were in their power. The enemies of God'schurch have always been many: this magnifies the power of theLord in preserving to himself a church in the world. 9-18 All who oppose the kingdom of Christ may here read theirdoom. God is the same still that ever he was; the same to hispeople, and the same against his and their enemies. God wouldmake their enemies like a wheel; unsettled in all their counselsand resolves. Not only let them be driven away as stubble, butburnt as stubble. And this will be the end of wicked men. Letthem be made to fear thy name, and perhaps that will bring themto seek thy name. We should desire no confusion to our enemiesand persecutors but what may forward their conversion. Thestormy tempest of Divine vengeance will overtake them, unlessthey repent and seek the pardoning mercy of their offended Lord.God's triumphs over his enemies, clearly prove that he is,according to his name JEHOVAH, an almighty Being, who has allpower and perfection in himself. May we fear his wrath, andyield ourselves to be his willing servants. And let us seekdeliverance by the destruction of our fleshly lusts, which waragainst the soul
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